A cup of Oliang in Ayutthaya Province

Oliang (Thai: โอเลี้ยง, pronounced [ʔōːlía̯ŋ], also spelt oleang and olieng[1]), commonly known as Thai iced coffee, is a popular Thai beverage.[2] Oliang is prepared from a mixture of Robusta coffee grounds, brown sugar, and various grains and seeds like cardamom, corn, soybeans, rice, and sesame seeds.[3][1] The drink is noted for its coffee aroma and smoky notes from high-roasted grains and seeds.[4]


The name oliang is derived from the Teochew Chinese pronunciation of 烏涼 (Pe̍h-ōe-jī: o͘-liâng), which literally means "black and iced," in reference to the black iced coffee concoction.[5] Teochews comprise the majority of the Thai Chinese population.


Traditionally, oliang is brewed with a Thai coffee filter called tungdtom (Thai: ถุงต้ม), a tea/coffee sock with a metal ring and handle to which a cotton cloth bag is attached.[1] It is also used for making Thai tea. To make Thai coffee, put the oliang into the coffee sock and pour boiling water through it into a carafe. Let the bag steep for approximately 10 minutes until strong. Oliang is sometimes served with condensed milk, or with a small pitcher of evaporated milk, and one of simple syrup with which the drinker can sweeten the oliang to their taste.


Oliang can be customized as follows:

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  1. ^ a b c Young, Daniel (2009-03-11). Coffee Love: 50 Ways to Drink Your Java. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28937-2.
  2. ^ "Thai Iced Coffee Recipe (Oliang)". Temple of Thai. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  3. ^ Thomson, Julie R. "These Iced Coffee Recipes From Around The World Will Inspire You To Upgrade Your Morning Brew". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ Puvipirom, J; Chaiseri, S (2012). "Contribution of roasted grains and seeds in aroma of oleang (Thai coffee drink)" (PDF). International Food Research Journal. 19: 583–588.
  5. ^ Editors, Lonely Planet. "Destination Drinks #52: Oliang". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2020-12-06. ((cite web)): |last= has generic name (help)

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